Timeline of the United Nations Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty


Implementation phase (2017 - 2019)


November 2019

October 2019

  • Delivery of the UNGA report of the Study to the UN General Assembly in New York City (USA) and corresponding launch event (Flyer and Concept)

June 2019

  • Geneva (Switzerland), expert and high level meetings, including a side-event on data collection

May 2019

  • Expert meeting in Venice (Italy)

March 2019

  • Geneva (Switzerland), expert and high level meetings

December 2018

  • Consultation in Caribbean (Jamaica, 02-03 December 2018)

November 2018

  • Consultation in the Middle East (Tunis, 15-16 November 2018)

October 2018

  • Independent Expert provides an oral update to the UN General Assembly in New York City, USA.
  • NGO consultation  in New York hosted by the University of Columbia (USA).
  • Regional consultation in Montevideo, Uruguay (within the framework of the periodic MercoSur/NinioSur meeting).

September 2018

  • Deadline for receipt of completed questionnaire from States and other relevant actors: 1 September

July 2018

June 2018

  • 26 June: Snapshot date (the Study questionnaire requests the provision of data based on this date, but it is also ok to provide data based on another date).

 

April 2018

  • Expert Meeting with Advisory Boards Experts, members of the UNITF, leading Research Institutions, and other relevant stakeholders, for the adoption of the research methodology in Vienna, Austria

March 2018

  • Expert Level Meeting with Member States to the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland

February 2018

  • The OHCHR, on behalf of the Independent Expert, formally distributes Study questionnaire to States and other relevant stakeholders.

January 2018

  • Commencement of the substantive implementation phase of the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty

November 2017

October 2017

  • Consultation during the OSCE Human Dimension Seminar on the Rights of the Child in Warsaw, Poland.
  • The Independent Expert briefs the UNGA (New York, USA) with extension of Study presentation granted due to financial constraints.

September 2017

  • Advocacy at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, with the adoption of the biannual resolution (A/HRC/RES/36/16) on the Human Rights in the administration of justice, including juvenile justice, explicitly supporting the Study.
  • Study related social media campaign launched in light of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

July 2017

  • Emergency fundraising campaign launched by the Expert together with key partners.

March 2017

  • Advocacy at the Human Rights Council, in Geneva, Switzerland, with the organization of a side-event on  “Implementation of the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty”.
  • Expert Meeting on “Methodology, Data Collection and Way Forward”– which included drafting of the Study questionnaire, held in Venice, Italy

Preparation phase


October 2016

September 2016

April 2016

  • Advocacy during the  United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem: Defence for Children International (DCI), co-convener of the NGO Panel, organizes an apposite roundtable discussion to address the criminalization of children involved in the world drug problem, and ensure child rights are included in the final declaration of the Session (A/RES/S-30/1).

March 2016

  • Advocacy at Human Rights Council, with the organization of a side-event andstatement by the NGO Panel for the Study.  

January 2016

September 2015

  • Advocacy at Human Rights Council,with the organization of an event on ”Girls in detention”.

March 2015

Advocacy at Human Rights Council,with the organization of an event on “Children Deprived of Liberty, A Global Perspective”.


Initiation phase


January 2015

  • World Congress on Juvenile Justice, includes the Global Study across its plenary and workshop sessions, and also explicitly supports the Study in its final outcome document.
  • Paulo Pinhiero, former Independent Expert for the United Nations Study on Violence (2006) sends official letter to United Nations Secretary General supporting the Global Study.
  • Six former chairpersons of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child make a public statement supporting the Study and requesting the appointment of an Independent Expert.

December 2014

  • United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopts its Child Rights Resolution (A/RES/69/157)  inviting the commission of an in-depth global study on children deprived of liberty (§ 52.d).

November 2014

  • Official letter of the NGO Panel addresses the United Nations Secretary General to urge the appointment of an Independent Expert to lead the Study;
  • United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Professor Juan Mendez makes an official statement endorsing the Study.

June 2014

  • Expert Consultation takes place in Geneva, Switzerland, organized by the NGO Panel, involving UN experts and agencies, member States, academia and civil society.

May 2014

  • The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child supports the Global Study through an official letter of recommendation addressed to the United Nations Secretary General.

March 2014

  • Defence for Children International (DCI), Human Rights Watch (HRW) and other NGOs officially launch the campaign calling for a Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on the Annual Day on the Rights of the Child of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
  • In addition, the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children (ENOC) formally supports the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty through an official statement.